Couch Potato

So Miles was born almost 11 months ago. I figured it was time to start running again. I laughed when my friends told me about easing back in by following “Couch to 5k”. Couch?! I could run a 5k in my sleep! Right?

Uh, no. It kicked my tail. I’m so out of shape 😦 And then I come home and read on FB that my friend just ran the half marathon in Greer. Congrats Dave! I want to be like you 😉

Guess I’ve somehow turned into a couch potato.

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An Overview of Mitchell Wharf

I’ve posted about Mitchell Wharf before. It is one of our favorite spots on Daniel Island! I took some photos today that I wanted to share along with the pertinent information. I shot them with my iPhone so please don’t comment on my photography! 😉 An aerial photo and site map are at the bottom of this post.

1552 Wando View Street – ZB16

.26 acres ~ SOLD

1548 Wando View Street – ZB17

.24 acres ~ $240,000

1544 Wando View Street – ZB18

.30 acres ~ $295,000

1540 Wando View Street – ZB19

.41 acres ~ $425,000

1538 Wando View Street – ZB20

.92 acres ~ $1,295,000

1536 Wando View Street – ZB21

.66 acres ~ $1,125,000

1532 Wando View Street – ZB22

.41 acres ~ $900,000

1528 Wando View Street – ZB23

.40 acres ~ $875,000

1524 Wando View Street – ZB24

.37 acres ~ $850,000

1520 Wando View Street – ZB25

.34 acres ~ $795,000

1516 Wando View Street – ZB26

.28 acres ~ $750,000

1492 Wando View Street – ZB27

.31 acres ~ $800,000

1488 Wando View Street – ZB28

.28 acres ~ $775,000

1484 Wando View Street – ZB29

.29 acres ~ $775,000

1480 Wando View Street – ZB30

.28 acres ~ $800,000

1476 Wando View Street – ZB31

.37 acres ~ $850,000

1472 Wando View Street – ZB32

.87 acres ~ $1,325,000

1466 Wando View Street – ZB33

.26 acres ~ $260,000

1462 Wando View Street – ZB34

.34 acres ~ SOLD

1458 Wando View Street – ZB35

.29 acres ~ $245,000

1454 Wando View Street – ZB36

.28 acres ~ $240,000

Here is an aerial shot. It helps with orientation and you can see how BIG the water is. All of the lots on deep water have dock permits in hand.

This is an artist’s rendering of the area. It’s going to be beautiful!

Girls…

Colin tells me yesterday, “So it looks like me and Anna Scott are going to get married”. Ack!!! What?!? This from my 6 year old who doesn’t like anything “girly”… When I asked him to explain he said “Well, we smile at each other and wink at lunch”. Oh okay. Is this how it starts?!

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Eleven Miles

I have to brag on my boy Colin. He joined us for a bike ride this afternoon and biked for over 11 miles!!!! We then treated ourselves to pizza at Vespa. Yum!! Their new selections are fantastic. Short blog tonight. Need to get caught up on Jack Bauer and head to bed. I’m so proud of my boy!!

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Perfect 10

I write about the weather often. I know I do but it’s hard not to when it is so glorious!! After a hard winter, (in our opinion, not that of my friends in the northeast) this week has been a perfect 10!! Daniel Island has never been prettier and we are all LOVING being outdoors.

Here are some photos of our bike ride with Miles this morning. Grammie and Poppy took the big boys to church this morning so it was pretty relaxed.

Here’s Miles in his new bike trailer. He was pretty cozy in there and fell asleep once we got going.

We biked to Bellinger Island: a little nature preserve in Codner’s Ferry Park. Here’s Miles on one of the docks enjoying the breeze in his face.

When Chad and I first moved to DI, we would spend a lot of time on Bellinger Island. We think it’s one of the “hidden treasures” of DI and are certain that there are residents here who don’t even know about it. There’s usually a rope swing on the tree in the photo below. Kids put it up every year and spend summers jumping into the creek from the top of the oak tree below!

Miles and I by the creek. Don’t look to closely — the bike-helmet hair is not a look I love!

Our flowers are putting on a show right now! I love all the colors. We are grilling out again tonight 🙂

The boys have been camped out on the lawn at Smythe Park watching the Blue Angels perform at the air show. The jets are WAY to fast for me to photograph so the shot below is courtesy of our friend Pat Stuckart.

My parents took Colin to this same air show in April of 2006. He was 2 and a half. Where does the time go?? Here are a couple of old photos from that show:

Look at him now! Whew. Think I’m gonna go hug my boys…

Yesterday’s Life Lesson

I’m sorry I haven’t been diligent with blogging lately. It has been a busy month! The Family Circle Cup has been so much fun this week that I haven’t found much time to get in front of a computer. But I learned something yesterday. Please bear with me because I’m typing this quickly and trying to share a bunch of thoughts that make sense in my mind but may not work out on paper!! 🙂

Yesterday was an awesome day. I knew I’d be working all weekend so it was jam-packed with “stuff”. We went to Charleston’s Cafe for breakfast and ate WAY more than I want to tell you! If you haven’t been there and you’re local you MUST go — it was such a treat! Our day was full of fun. We went downtown and walked the length of the waterfront. Then we went to the Charleston Beer Exchange (where Scott is sporting a new look ;)) to pick up their latest rare beer for our grill-out this weekend. After that we picked up our bikes (and bike trailer for Miles) at Trek in Mount Pleasant. Then off to the pool at the club for swimming and supper and then an evening bike ride with the whole family. It couldn’t have been a nicer day!

My point in outlining the whole day is that I learned an important lesson from an interaction we had with the boys in the evening. After all this fun, we get home and it is time for bed. Colin and Davis wanted to keep going even though it was late. They asked questions over and over: Can we watch a show? Can we play a game? Will you let us stay up for 10 more minutes? Can we ride our bikes some more?… I found myself becoming frustrated that they couldn’t be content with the really great day that we had. I said something like, “We did so many nice things with you today. I wish you could be content and satisfied with what a nice day it was.”

Later that night, it hit me that I do the exact same thing. Probably on a greater scale!! We have SO many blessings in our lives but I constantly find myself praying for more. More time, money, things, desires… I always want more. So I asked myself the same thing: Why can’t I be satisfied with all that God has done for our family? How come I’m always hoping/ wishing/ waiting for the next level of comfort, security, whatever…? How can my children behave any differently when their mother does the same thing?

I’m pretty lucky that my Heavenly Father doesn’t get frustrated at me like I did with my boys. Ah, it’s good to have a change in perspective. So, I’m back to praying for contentment 😉

Here are some photos from our day. I didn’t take many because my iPhone died. I think I have some on Chad’s iPhone and I will try to add them later. And, yes, Miles got a haircut!!

Vacation Blues

I’m sleepy today. Not exhausted but just sleepy! Too much to do after being gone for a week. But… it was a truly awesome week and well worth it.

I don’t know how it happens but work seems to multiply when we’re away. Business work, housework, homework, tax-time work (I hope our patient accounting firm isn’t reading this!), and a myriad of other things that need to be done. I’m sleepy just thinking about it all!

But enough about that. Our time in the mountains was absolutely magical. I love it when we have no agenda and no schedules to keep. We can simply enjoy our time together.  Chad’s family has had a place in Highlands, NC since he was a little boy. It’s so much fun to see the boys experiencing things that Chad experienced with his brothers when he was little. Here are some of our photos:

Sunset Rock

The Old Edwards Club at Highlands Cove

Sweet Treats (our favorite ice cream shoppe)

The Amazing Rescue Copter

We came home on Friday so that Chad could go to the Masters on Saturday. He had an awesome time and brought home some goodies for us! He got the big boys hats, a caddy bear for Miles, and a great little Masters pouch for me.

And yes, I know that Miles needs a haircut (and so does Davis). After a week of using a hairclip (much to the dismay of his daddy), I got Miles’s hair cut today. This is his THIRD hair cut and he is only 10 months old! He’ll love this photo when he’s in middle school:

As much as I love being on vacation, it’s always great to come home to a place that you love. The Family Circle Cup is in full swing this week and the weather is gorgeous.  I still think this is the most beautiful place on the east coast!

Hope to be back in the saddle tomorrow. I need a bunch of energy for the big week ahead but I’m so thankful for the little break from “real life” that we had last week. Glad that Colin’s spring break from Kindergarten turned into a fun family vacation!! 🙂

Missing in Action Part Two!

Will be back blogging next week. Enjoying some beautiful weather and family fun right now 🙂

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Daniel Island Real Estate Update – March 2010

March Homes – Sold/Closed

– Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #1404, CHARLESTON, SC – $172,500
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #D203, CHARLESTON, SC – $212,000
– Details: 135 PIER VIEW ST, #201, CHARLESTON, SC – $300,000
– Details: 134 ETIWAN PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $365,000
– Details: 2277 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $380,000
– Details: 5012 DESPESTRE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $387,000
– Details: 1507 MITCHELL WHARF ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $395,000
– Details: 1523 MITCHELL WHARF ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $400,179
– Details: 1980 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $530,000
– Details: 1119 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $535,000
– Details: 5 LAFAR ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $609,750
– Details: 1783 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $645,685
– Details: 7860 FARR ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $849,000
– Details: 270 DELAHOW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,100,000

March Homes – Under Contract

– Details: 2272 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $250,000
– Details: 2267 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $345,000
– Details: 209 N LADD CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $599,000
– Details: 702 CUNNINGHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $679,000
– Details: 126 BALFOUR DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $899,000
– Details: 51 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,249,900
– Details: 78 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,399,999
– Details: 2465 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,400,000
– Details: 600 BUCKSLEY LN, #102, CHARLESTON, SC – $139,900
– Details: 1527 MITCHELL WHARF ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $394,103
– Details: 156 ETIWAN PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,000
– Details: 1787 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $569,900
– Details: 1411 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $624,900
– Details: 1406 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $639,900
– Details: 1403 WANDO VIEW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $649,900
– Details: 1257 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $795,000
– Details: 619 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,899,000
– Details: 616 CATTLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,795,000

March Homes – New Listings

– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #104, CHARLESTON, SC – $114,500
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #2114, CHARLESTON, SC – $123,500
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DRIVE, #3304, CHARLESTON, SC – $208,000
– Details: 125 PIER VIEW ST, #207, CHARLESTON, SC – $219,000
– Details: 500 BUCKSLEY LN, #308, CHARLESTON, SC – $227,000
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #8200, CHARLESTON, SC – $257,999
– Details: 857 CENTER PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $270,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #E102, CHARLESTON, SC – $294,900
– Details: 115 BOUNTY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $390,000
– Details: 106 CODNER’S FERRY, CHARLESTON, SC – $391,050
– Details: 1121 THROWER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,999
– Details: 113 CORN PLANTERS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $409,000
– Details: 1897 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $419,000
– Details: 2030 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $474,000
– Details: 4018 CROWN POINTE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $494,500
– Details: 1097 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,500
– Details: 2218 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,900
– Details: 2238 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,900
– Details: 1006 COCHRAN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $549,000
– Details: 1717 DOLDRIDGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $575,000
– Details: 4017 CROWN POINTE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $575,000
– Details: 1125 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $579,000
– Details: 1433 HOOPER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $594,900
– Details: 2018 PURCELL LANE, CHARLESTON, SC – $639,000
– Details: 298 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $679,900
– Details: 1739 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,900
– Details: 133 BELLINGER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $729,000
– Details: 1260 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $824,900
– Details: 106 ITHECAW CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $849,000
– Details: 87 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,150,000
– Details: 207 FERRYMAN LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,200,000
– Details: 15 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,865,000
– Details: 101 BALFOUR DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,899,000
– Details: 355 RHODEN ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $3,790,000
– Details: 473 CREEK LANDING STREET, CHARLESTON, SC – $6,499,000

March Homes – Price Changes

– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #9112, CHARLESTON, SC – $149,000
– Details: 300 BUCKSLEY LN, #106, CHARLESTON, SC – $189,000
– Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #111, CHARLESTON, SC – $195,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B102, CHARLESTON, SC – $199,000
– Details: 300 BUCKSLEY LN, #202, CHARLESTON, SC – $199,000
– Details: 1225 BLAKEWAY ST, #1402, CHARLESTON, SC – $199,700
– Details: 500 BUCKSLEY LN, #101, CHARLESTON, SC – $215,000
– Details: 260 SEVEN FARMS DR, #305, CHARLESTON, SC – $221,000
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #5205, CHARLESTON, SC – $222,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #A101, CHARLESTON, SC – $249,000
– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #6100, CHARLESTON, SC – $250,000
– Details: 2261 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $264,900
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B101, CHARLESTON, SC – $289,000
– Details: 145 PIER VIEW ST, #416, CHARLESTON, SC – $295,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #310F, CHARLESTON, SC – $300,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #A405, CHARLESTON, SC – $309,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B201, CHARLESTON, SC – $329,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #A307, CHARLESTON, SC – $329,000
– Details: 145 PIER VIEW ST, #415, CHARLESTON, SC – $349,000
– Details: 185 CARTRIGHT ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $349,000
– Details: 1880 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $349,900
– Details: 2233 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $355,000
– Details: 2308 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $358,750
– Details: 406 MILNER CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #B205, CHARLESTON, SC – $379,000
– Details: 185 BRADY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $386,900
– Details: 115 BOUNTY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $390,000
– Details: 1513 JENYS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $457,500
– Details: 1097 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,500
– Details: 1800 BEEKMAN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $539,000
– Details: 1024 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $545,000
– Details: 130 FAIRBANKS OAK, #3 3B, CHARLESTON, SC – $545,000
– Details: 1236 BLAKEWAY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $549,000
– Details: 4017 CROWN POINTE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $575,000
– Details: 1433 HOOPER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $594,900
– Details: 124 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $629,000
– Details: 139 BERESFORD CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $649,000
– Details: 1723 SAILMAKER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $649,900
– Details: 103 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $700,000
– Details: 300 GINNED COTTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $760,000
– Details: 701 CUNNINGHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $768,000
– Details: 1210 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $799,000
– Details: 44 GROVE LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $899,000
– Details: 43 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,099,000
– Details: 207 FERRYMAN LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,200,000
– Details: 343 RALSTON CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,294,900
– Details: 11 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,395,000
– Details: 134 FAIRBANKS OAK ALLEY, #302, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,525,000
– Details: 15 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,865,000
– Details: 39 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,295,000
– Details: 25 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $2,480,000
– Details: 376 RALSTON CREEK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $3,999,000

March Homes – Disclosed Short Sales & Lender Owned

– Details: 130 RIVER LANDING DR, #9112, CHARLESTON, SC – $149,000
– Details: 853 CENTER PARK ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $235,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #H208, CHARLESTON, SC – $274,900
– Details: 1162 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $295,000
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #F109, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,900
– Details: 2252 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $320,000
– Details: 307 SOUTH LADD CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $368,000
– Details: 406 MILNER CT, CHARLESTON, SC – $369,000
– Details: 116 BURNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $399,000
– Details: 1897 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $419,000
– Details: 1513 JENYS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $457,500
– Details: 144 FAIRBANKS OAK, #6 3B, CHARLESTON, SC – $487,000
– Details: 143 BOUNTY ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $499,900
– Details: 130 FAIRBANKS OAK, #3 3B, CHARLESTON, SC – $545,000
– Details: 2422 SETTLERS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $552,500
– Details: 1125 BARFIELD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $579,000
– Details: 502 INDIAN CORN ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $699,900
– Details: 103 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $700,000
– Details: 110 BELLINGER ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $755,000
– Details: 1243 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $799,000
– Details: 2413 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $815,000
– Details: 851 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $850,000
– Details: 841 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $875,000
– Details: 853 DUNHAM ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $899,999
– Details: 604 CATTLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $950,000
– Details: 600 CATTLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $995,000
– Details: 217 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $995,000
– Details: 2453 DANIEL ISLAND DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $997,500
– Details: 90 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,000,000
– Details: 1201 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,199,000
– Details: 615 CATTLE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,250,000
– Details: 112 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000
– Details: 611 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,295,000- Details: 400 BUCKSLEY LN, #106, CHARLESTON, SC – $114,900
– Details: 200 RIVER LANDING DR, #E102, CHARLESTON, SC – $294,900
– Details: 106 CODNER’S FERRY, CHARLESTON, SC – $391,050

March Homesites – Sold/Closed

None

March Homesites – Under Contract

– Details: 169 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $275,000
– Details: 79 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $295,000
– Details: 1376 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $240,000

March Homesites – New Listings

– Details: 2451 SETTLERS ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $149,900
– Details: 1778 PIERCE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $150,000
– Details: 135 KING GEORGE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $175,000
– Details: 409 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $395,000
– Details: 532 ISLAND PARK DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $425,000
– Details: 493 CREEK LANDING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $1,250,000

March Homesites – Price Changes

– Details: 1242 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $153,500
– Details: 251 DELAHOW ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $285,000
– Details: 320 HIDDEN BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000
– Details: 530 PARK CROSSING ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,900
– Details: 1372 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $347,000
– Details: 3 DALTON ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $360,000
– Details: 565 PARK CROSSING DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $395,000
– Details: 79 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $295,000

March Homesites – Disclosed Short Sales & Lender Owned

– Details: 49 WOODFORD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $200,000
– Details: 1214 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $203,750
– Details: 1299 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $249,000
– Details: 320 HIDDEN BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $299,000
– Details: 1 WOODFORD ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $300,000
– Details: 254 FURMAN FARM PL, CHARLESTON, SC – $333,333
– Details: 1203 SMYTHE ST, CHARLESTON, SC – $370,000
– Details: 565 PARK CROSSING DR, CHARLESTON, SC – $395,000
– Details: 79 IRON BOTTOM LN, CHARLESTON, SC – $295,000
– Details: 19 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC – $375,000

Rest.

Palmetto Bluff is my favorite vacation spot in all the world… you know you’re in for total relaxation when the staff uses the word “porching” to describe their afternoon appetizer service on the porch of the Inn overlooking the May River!

Chad and I have been to Palmetto Bluff about half a dozen times and we never get tired of it. It’s the perfect getaway for us. It’s less than two hours from home and is an easy drive. The boys love the freedom that they have there (it is VERY quiet) and just revel in family time where we have no distractions.

Our dear friends and their three children joined us for a few days so our “porching” became a little more active than usual…

We stayed in a wonderful house in the West Wilson section of Palmetto Bluff (courtesy of a sweet friend) and had an absolute ball! We rode bikes, went swimming, picnicked at Moreland (where we were visited by a friendly dolphin), played bocce and croquet, made smores in the evenings, went for golf cart rides (at night too!), ate good food, played table games, grilled out, and enjoyed wonderful fellowship with family and friends. Chad and I even got to have dinner at the River House Restaurant, thanks to Courtney Boryk who owns a fantastic babysitting service in several cities. If you’re ever in any of the cities she services, check her out! The boys loved her and she did a remarkable job.

Davis was a good sport and rode with Miles in the bike trailer so that we could take a long bike ride. Once we convinced him that no-one could see him and think he was a baby, he enjoyed being pulled around instead of trying to keep up on his little bike with training wheels.

Colin, on the other hand, is now the best bike rider in our family! He’s definitely better than me. He lost one of his top two teeth early in the week and speculated that the tooth fairy wouldn’t be able to find him at Palmetto Bluff.  She found him and he got to pick out a special treat at RT’s Market.

Vacations are a little busy when you have six children running around! In the photo below, they are waiting for the dolphin to reappear. We were at the dock at Moreland for over 30 minutes and the dolphin was right there. I couldn’t catch a photo of it with my iPhone though 😦

Our time together was rich and sweet. It’s good to get away for a change in perspective. We get so caught up in the busy-ness of everyday life. We forget to enjoy the little things that really matter. We are in a particularly busy season of life right now. My parents have been away, work is more time-consuming than usual, and life with three boys — one of whom is an active nine-month old — entails a lot of running around. I’ve written before about trying to lead an organized life and how I’ve finally come to the realization that it’s not going to happen anytime soon! It was so precious to enjoy things that I’m usually too busy to appreciate.

Although though it’s a stretch to claim that we are “burdened”, I am certainly “weary” so the verse below was perfect for our vacation:

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest

Matthew 11:28

We certainly had rest. Physical, mental, and emotional. It was just what I needed. While biking along the bluffs overlooking the river, I was reminded that He leads me beside still waters and restores my soul.


We left Palmetto Bluff restored, refreshed and rejuvenated.

We were a little sad to leave but the boys had a surprise waiting for them when we got home… Gram Gram and Papa were at our house after being gone for three months!! We celebrated by going to dinner at Brixx in Mount Pleasant.


Missing in Action…

The weather is perfect and I am “missing in action” from my blog! We are enjoying simply being with the family this week. Will post photos soon! We are having a ball  🙂

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Keeping Your Word

Little things mean so much to small children. As a little girl, I remember waiting and waiting for something because my mom said “maybe next time we’ll do that.”  In my mind that meant, “Yes, of course we’ll do that!” and was disappointed when it didn’t happen. It wasn’t even something major but I remember thinking that my mom didn’t keep her word. As a child that was really upsetting. Now as a mom, I wonder how often I do the exact same thing!!

After the time change, Colin came into our room at 3:50 am and asked me if I would take him to Starbucks before school. (Please keep in mind that it was 3:50 in the morning!!) I mumbled something like “we’ll see” and put him back to bed. Well, that set an expectation that we were going to go to Starbucks. With three small children (and also the fact that Colin is at kindergarten in Mount Pleasant by 7:45), going out for breakfast is a very rare occasion!

He asked each morning and I’d have a reason why we couldn’t go. We talk so much about “keeping our word” in our family. I realized that, in his eyes, I wasn’t keeping mine.

So — I woke up really early yesterday morning and we left home around 7:00. And went to Starbucks. And I had the most special time with my little guy! I’m so thankful that we made this happen. These little things mean so much.

Matthew 5:37a ~ Simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no’.

I struggle with promising too much because I hate to disappoint my children. It’s much easier to answer “maybe later” when they ask if we can go to the park when the answer should be, “No. Not today.” I realize that this type of answer probably sets false expectations. I pray that I can break the habit and just let my “yes” mean “yes” and my “no” mean “no”.

Whew! It’s hard being a mom 🙂

Traditions

I love traditions. I think they become part of the fabric of a family. My family had a few great traditions growing up but they were nothing compared to Chad’s family. The Johnsons have traditions for just about everything and I love it!

On St. Patrick’s Day, Chad’s mom has made corned beef and cabbage for as long as Chad can remember. There are many advantages to living so close to them –tonight they brought over corned beef, cabbage, cheese sauce, potatoes, carrots, green jello, and green coffee cake. What an awesome meal. At one point, I sat back and just looked at everyone. I wondered what traditions Chad and I will pass down to our children. What will “stick”? Do we actually have any traditions at all?

After thinking about it, I realized that we have everyday traditions and special occasion traditions like everyone else. We pray before meals and with our each of our children every night. We collect all birthday money from relatives and spend it at Toys R Us on their actual birthdays. We sing the same songs at bedtime. We check on the boys and re-tuck them in each night before we go to sleep. We make a Christmas photo book each year to preserve our memories. We go to Sweet Treats for ice cream when we go to the mountains. We order pizza and the boys wear their jerseys for the first Clemson football game of the season. We make special breakfasts on the weekends. We play Uno on vacations. We write down things we are thankful for during the month of November. We always buy new Christmas PJs. We spend New Year’s Eve with several of our dear friends. We watch Elf every Christmas. We visit James Island to see the Christmas lights. We buy coordinating Easter outfits. We sit on our top porch on the fourth of July and watch the fireworks over the lake. When we’re doing these things, they don’t really feel like traditions but I guess that they are!

I love Noel Piper’s book Treasuring God in Our Traditions. It got me thinking about traditions in a different way. How traditions help provide families with stability. How the anticipation of them is part of the fun.

Another tradition is wearing a silly hat on our birthdays. Here’s Davis at 4 and 5.

Coffee (and Psalm 121)

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. Chad drinks it and I love the smell of coffee brewing in the morning. I just never drank it. I liked coffee ice cream, coffee milk shakes, coffee cake… just not actual coffee.

That all changed while on a vacation soon after Miles was born. Don’t ask me why. I was relaxed and it seemed like an enjoyable thing to do while sitting on a porch swing overlooking a mountain range. BAM!! I was hooked. How did I miss out on this awesome beverage for over three decades? Then my friend Beth introduced me to the non-fat Toffee Nut Latte  (it’s not on the menu but they know what you’re talking about) at Starbucks and I finally understood the Starbucks hype!

Sadly, my affair with coffee has now come to an end. The caffeine was getting to me and adding two packets of Splenda to each cup didn’t help. So…I’m on a caffeine “fast” for the next several weeks. Maybe forever. Two cups a day had become the norm for me so this is hard. I used to get up really early, turn on the fire, do my morning Bible Study, and watch the sun rise. A hot cup of coffee was my companion. Now I feel lost without it!

It goes to show that too much of a good thing can become a problem. I had bad headaches the first week of cutting out caffeine. Now I’m only drinking water and milk and I really do feel much better.

But — boy, I sure do miss my coffee!! Every time I see someone with a hot cup of Joe… I feel the temptation 😦

So next time I’m in the mountains, I will take in the scenery without a hot cup of coffee and meditate on this great verse:

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains — from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved. He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-2.

I love that verse. When I am anxious and have trouble resting, it’s good to know that He’s awake and in control so that I can sleep.

And maybe the lack of coffee will help me to focus more on Him and what He’s teaching me as the sun rises in the morning!

(That’s actually a photo at dusk but I thought it was pretty ;))

One Weekend… Two Very Different Days… Both Awesome!

What is it about weekends that make me feel like a kid again? I love weekends. Even when I’m working, they have a magical quality about them. It’s like a break from “real life.” The weather was perfect and we took full advantage of it!

Chad, Colin and Davis finally got to take the kayak out on the lake in front of our house. This is one of their favorite things to do but the weather hasn’t cooperated the last few months.

Then Colin, Miles and I embarked on a turtle hunt while the other two had “Daddy and Davis Time” (which consisted of Davis planting apple seeds in order to grow apple trees— so that we don’t have to buy apples at the grocery story — but instead could just pick them off our tree). He was not deterred when we told him that apple trees don’t grow in Charleston.

The fun didn’t stop there. We really want to get a bike trailer for Miles. I’m not a great bike rider. I can get around fine but I need to refresh my skills before I attempt to pull a baby behind me. So Chad and I went for an awesome bike ride while the kids spent some time with Poppy and Grammie. It was BEAUTIFUL!

When we got back, my in-laws had made us an awesome dinner so I didn’t even have to cook. It was a really spectacular day!

So… Sunday was a great day for a completely different reason. We finally organized and cleaned out our garage. It took seven (yes SEVEN) hours but it is DONE 🙂

Miles had fun in the pack and play while Colin and Davis rode scooters. Habitat for Humanity came by today and picked up everything that we didn’t need. Hurrah!!! It’s a great feeling to have a clean and organized garage!

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